How to Care for Your New Kia Automobile July 16th, 2010
By Chuck Nibblere
Even with Kia’s track record for reliability and customer satisfaction, it’s important to observe some car care essentials to ensure your new vehicle performs at its high standard year in and year out. Aside from closely following the maintenance guidelines specific to your Kia model, including prompt oil changes and regular engine care, there’s more you can do to ensure your new Kia vehicle adapts well to its life of service to you.
□ New Car Care Tips for Your Kia
Like all cars, your brand-new Kia has a “break-in” period, during which you should drive it gently and with extra care. This period lasts for about the first 621.3 miles or 1,000 kilometers.
During this time, you should also keep your engine under 4,000 RPMs as much as possible. Therefore, although you may want to really push that new agile and turbocharged 2011 Kia Optima, it might be a good idea to take it easy on the car for a while. Experts also recommend that you do not leave your car idling for extended lengths of time, as idling prevents oil from spreading evenly throughout your engine.
Make sure you allow the engine to warm up if you’re breaking in your new car during the winter; it’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to this. Revving the engine a few times after you’ve started the car can extend the life of the motor too.
Above all, drive it carefully. Kia vehicles are built to please you the driver, however like in any other relationship, you need to give a little bit back! Showing your Kia the love and care it is going to show you will ensure that you can enjoy your vehicle for years to come.
□ Take Care of Your New Kia’s Exterior
We all know Kia produces some great looking vehicles and while regular washing is important to ensure your new Kia’s original gleam and luster last as long as possible, you’ve got to use the right car care products and techniques. Improper washing does more harm than good. Specially formulated detergents and polishes for cars will help you preserve your paint, and you should never let contaminants linger on your vehicle’s exterior. If the rain is highly acidic in your region, be sure to rinse off your vehicle promptly after a rainstorm. After all, you want to preserve that paint on your beautiful 2011 Kia Sportage for as long as possible.
As far as general car-washing tips, be sure to rinse your car off before you wash it. This will help break up any caked-on dirt. It’s also best to wash just one section at a time, as this ensures the cleansers and car care products aren’t able to soak too deeply into the surface, which can leave an undesirable residue.
Of course, the more effort you put into caring for your 2011 Kia, the longer it will perform for you. Should you have any questions or concerns about how to care for you Kia, asking your authorized Kia dealer is always a good idea!